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Department of Public Welfare, Food Stamp Division Scrapbook

Identifier: M/A 0219

Description of Contents

This scrapbook documents the years of food stamp program from 1939-1945. It appears to be from the office of O.A. Pearson, Superintendent, Division of Public Relief. The scrapbook includes photographs of the Minneapolis Food Stamp Division's offices and staff and the men and women who came to receive the stamps. It has a floor plan diagram of the offices, photo of a sign stating what foods were available, and later photos of the Millionth Dollar Food Stamp issued (April 20, 1940). Other materials include press releases, articles about the food stamps (which were blue stamps) and cotton stamps (brown and green stamps), articles from various periodicals, reports, regulations and conditions governing the issuance of a food order stamp, reports from the food industry, radio programs from WCCO, and articles concerning other municipal food stamp programs. Articles cover Rochester, N.Y., Dayton, Ohio, Des Moines, Iowa, Seattle, Washington, and Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.


  • Creation: 1939 - 1945



The collection is available for use in Special Collections at Minneapolis Central Library during the department's open hours.


The Minneapolis Department of Public Welfare food stamp program officially began on November 29, 1939.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.